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British American Tobacco takes over Reynolds in £40.7bn deal Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

BAT has agreed to acquire the remaining 57.8% in Reynolds it does not already own

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Fyffes shareholders approve Sumitomo buyout Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fyffes shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the €751m takeover bid from Japanese food group Sumitomo Corporation.

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Bernard Matthews takeover wins competition authority approval Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

CMA has cleared the deal for Boparan Private Holdings to acquire the turkey giant and ended its investigation

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Mars expands veterinary presence in $9.1bn VCA acquisition Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food giant Mars has swooped to expand its pet care business with the $9.1bn acquisition of VCA.

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Turkey's Bebeto acquires Dexters Confectionery Subscription

09 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Bebeto aims to become one of the top five confectionery brands in the UK by 2020

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Samworth Bros grows pasty footprint with West Cornwall deal Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The Ginsters owner bought the hot food-to-go pastry specialist this week for an undisclosed sum

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Ministry of Cake taken over by Mademoiselle Desserts Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

French patisserie manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts has swallowed Ministry of Cake as part of plans to expand its UK presence.

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Potato supplier Preva Produce slips into administration after challenging season Subscription

05 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Preva Produce, a potato supplier for the likes of Walkers and Kettle, has fallen into administration after difficult end to 2016, leading to 20 redundancies

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Hilton Food Group signs Portuguese meat joint venture with Sonae Subscription

04 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shares in the red meat supplier have climbed 4% so far today to 670p on the back of the agreement.

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Samworth Brothers buys West Cornwall Pasty Co Subscription

03 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Samworth Brothers has acquired the West Cornwall Pasty Co from private equity group Endless, the company has confirmed today.

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City snapshot: Britvic expands in Brazil with £54.5m juice acquisition Subscription

03 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Britvic has agreed a £54.5m deal to further grow its presence in Brazil with the acquisition of Bela Ischia Alimentos juice and concentrates business

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PayPoint completes restructuring with £26.5m sale of mobile payments arm Subscription

23 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

PayPoint has sold its mobile payments business to Volkswagen Financial Services for £26.5m in cash, putting an end to its major restructuring project.

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Coca-Cola pays $3.3bn for AB InBev’s stake in Coca-Cola Beverage Africa Subscription

21 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The Coca-Cola Company has announced it has struck a deal to acquire the 54.5% stake in Coca-Cola Beverages African from AB InBev.

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2016 has been a 'vintage' year for food and drink M&A - Rothschild Subscription

21 Dec 2016

Many will be pleased to see the back of 2016, but for those who operate in the world of M&A, it hasn’t been so bad, argues Rothschild head of consumer Akeel Sachak.

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City snapshot: Bright Food reported to be readying Weetabix exit Subscription

21 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

China’s Bright Food has reportedly hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to sell UK-based breakfast cereal firm Weetabix. Plus, all the rest of today’s news from the City

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Lion Capital swoops for Loungers in £137m deal Subscription

20 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The former owner of Weetabix and Kettle Foods has snapped up bar chain Loungers from private equity firm Piper in a deal valuing the business at £137m.

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Unilever acquires haircare business Living Proof Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever has announced it has agreed to acquire science-based haircare business Living Proof for an undisclosed sum.

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Central Convenience snaps up Hunnyhill Stores Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Hunnyhill deal will bring Central Convenience’s store total to 115

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Just Eat to swallow rival Hungryhouse in £200m deal Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

An extra £40m could be added to the sum depending on delivery service’s performance

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Yorkshire Poultry Products rescue deal saves 126 jobs Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

More than 120 jobs have been saved at a halal poultry processor after administrators at KPMG struck a rescue deal.

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Beam Suntory acquires Sipsmith Gin ahead of global push for London craft brand Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has “ambitious” export plans for the brand 

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Simple Simon pulled out of administration by DDC Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The owner of Simple Simon Foods has reacquired the business out of administration

Heineken

Heineken agrees deal to buy Punch Taverns in £403m deal Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The Dutch brewer has made a cash offer of 180p a share

Baking ingredients

Tollblend added to Lesaffre mix Subscription

13 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Baking mix supplier LFL Tollblend has been acquired by French multinational yeast producer Lesaffre for an undisclosed sum.

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Asahi wins auction for AB InBev's Eastern European beer stable Subscription

13 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Asahi is set to add Pilsner Urquell to its stable of European beer brands after reaching an agreement to buy the AB InBev Eastern European brewing businesses previously owned by SABMiller.

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Fyffes sale to Sumitomo: what you need to know now Subscription

09 Dec 2016 | By Kevin White

A £635m deal between Ireland’s Fyffes and Japan’s Sumimoto Corporation was announced on 9 December

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Cranswick wagers on China with Dunbia pork plant deal Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

It looks a shrewd move despite razor-thin margins in Ballymena

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Can 2 Sisters make Bernard Matthews bootiful again? Subscription

03 Oct 2016 | By Kevin White, Edward Devlin

As one of Britain’s most tarnished brands is gobbled up by poultry giant 2 Sisters, we answer the key questions about the deal

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The AB InBev/SAB Miller deal: key points Subscription

01 Sep 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Your at-a-glance guide to the key facets of the AB InBev/SAB Miller deal

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Tyrrells sets out to bag the North American market Subscription

12 Aug 2016

bIt’s already an accomplished exporter. Now, with a new owner, it aims to be “the biggest premium snack brand in the world”

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AB InBev/SAB megabrew faces nailbiting progress to completion Subscription

02 Aug 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The historic brewing mega-deal looks back on. But it is not out of the woods yet.

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Why the grocers should get disruptive too Subscription

01 Aug 2016 | By Liz Claydon

Traditional business models and products are no longer enough to ensure long-term survival

Poundland

Will Steinhoff really take the pound out of Poundland? Subscription

15 Jul 2016 | By James Halliwell

Scrapping the £1 price point would lose Poundland its USP - so why might Steinhoff be tempted?

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OC&C Global 50: The 3G Capital/Berkshire Hathaway model Subscription

11 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The relentless focus on the bottom line of 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway-owned fmcg giants is become increasingly influential in an industry struggling for volume growth.

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OC&C Global 50: The year of the mega-deal Subscription

11 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

2015 was the year the trigger was finally pulled on the global mega-deal.

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Tesco ends disposals chapter as Caffè Nero buys Harris & Hoole Subscription

27 Jun 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Tesco has offloaded its Harris & Hoole coffee chain to Caffè Nero, marking the end of the second chapter of its turnaroud according to CEO Dave Lewis.

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Pladis 'powerhouse' set to take UB back to City Subscription

10 Jun 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The Turkish owner of United Biscuits is plotting a return to the stock market for McVitie’s



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